71-year-old man killed after being struck by bus in Waikiki

71-year-old man killed after being struck by bus in Waikiki

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pair of red shoes and a blue baseball cap litters the road in Waikiki where a 71-year-old man attempted to get onto the bus.

Witnesses tell police the man tried to get onto the bus from the back door, the bus driver drove off, the man fell, and the tires crushed his legs.

"The bus driver may not have known the male was trying to enter the bus from one of the rear doors," said Lt Robert Towne with the Honolulu Police Department.

The accident happened on 1841 Ala Moana Boulevard around 1:15 p.m.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene then rushed him to Queen's Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

John Sawvell works nearby and says the man would frequent the area.

"I just...my condolences to the family…I mean I saw the man, I know who he was, I just never really had much conversation with him," said Sawvell.

There are cameras on the bus and police tell us they will be looking into that.

They do not expect alcohol is a factor.  However, a blood sample was taken from the bus driver as standard procedure.

This is the second fatality involving a pedestrian and a city bus in just three days.

On Thursday, 55-year-old Dominador Aguilar Jr. was crossing King St. at 4:35 a.m. when a city bus hit and killed him.

Police ask that both drivers and pedestrians be more aware of their surroundings.

There have now been 32 traffic fatalities so far this year.  That's compared to 34 the same time last year.

We reached out to Oahu Transit Services for a statement.  We have not heard back from them yet.

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